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Black History Month Highlight: Luther Hughes and Dustin Pearson

Here at BOA, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting the work of our Black authors! We asked each of our spring interns to write a short piece and select a poem from a recent or backlist BOA author. In Part 2 of 3, spring intern Justine shares about Luther Hughes' A Shiver in the Leaves and Dustin Pearson's A Season in Hell with Rimbaud! A Shiver in the Leaves by Luther Hughes  Luther Hughes' debut poetry collection, A Shiver in the Leaves, really caught me off guard. It has been a long, long time since I’ve read something as brutally honest and it restored...

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Black History Month Highlight: Renia White, Geffrey Davis, and Janice Harrington

At BOA, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting the work of our Black authors! We asked each of our interns to write a short piece and select a poem from a recent or backlist BOA author. To start off the series, spring intern Kathryn writes about Renia White's Casual Conversation, Geffrey Davis' Revising the Storm, and Janice Harrington's Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone. Casual Conversation by Renia White  The poems of Renia White’s debut collection Casual Conversation immediately bring us front and center to the conventions of speech, conversation, and what remains tucked behind the tongue. This...

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2022 in Review with BOA Editions!

Here at BOA Editions we are celebrating another successful year of poetry and short fiction! As 2022 comes to an end, we’ve stopped to reflect on all the note-worthy titles released. Here are the top eleven books we think have been the best this year—though we might be a bit biased… Read on and don’t forget to browse these titles in the BOA Bookstore! Useful Junk by Erika Meitner (April 5th, 2022)  In Orion Magazine, Marcela Sulak listed Useful Junk as one of the “28 Recommended Collections for National Poetry Month.” Sulak says, “Here, as in her previous books, I’m...

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Finding Inspiration & Refusing Cynicism: An Interview with Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, which was published by BOA Editions on September 13, 2022. In his highly anticipated second collection, Chen continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read on to learn more about Chen and his new poetry collection in this exclusive self-interview!   This is your second book. What makes it different from your first? I think it’s at once more mature and sillier—there’s more grief and rage...

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New Books to Watch For - Pride Edition!

As Pride Month comes to a close, this is a great opportunity to support LGBTQIA+ authors by preordering their forthcoming books! Below you’ll find poetry previews from our forthcoming fall 2022 titles and a brief look at some of our spring 2023 and fall 2023 collections!  Coming this fall:  "A Favorite Room" from Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency by Chen Chen Down the sideways face, through the dilapidated waterfall,we entered late afternoon’s house& a favorite room: the room of the butterfly skeleton. Intricate, delicate, somehow not an ounce of tragic.So beautiful we thought we could have perfectunswollen gums, be less predictablegay...

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